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Tuesday, 26 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) .- A private citizen may approach the Minister for Trade and Customs if heso desires, but the Government do not wish the Minister to be approached by all sorts of " cranks " who may have imaginary grievances. Any real complaint, would be submitted to the Board.

The Government have given furtherconsideration to the remuneration to bepaid to the outside members of the Board, and as I intend moving an amendment in that connexion, I ask the Committee to reject Senator Bolton's amendment. The Government believe that if two business men are appointed to the Board it will have the confidence of the public, and in order to limit the annual cost I intend moving the following amendment at the end of the sub-clause: -

Provided that no member of the Board, other than the chairman, shall in any year receive an allowance exceeding £1,250 per annum.

Senator Wilson - There is not much limitation about that.

Senator RUSSELL - Honorable senators, must remember that the first year will, be an exceedingly busy one, and the Board will have to devote considerable time to the questions submitted to it for consideration.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If they are to earn that amount they will be working at least, five days a week.

Senator RUSSELL -Considering theheavy Work "to be performed, the salary is not excessive.. As the . proposed amendment fixes a. 'definite amount,, I ask the

Committee to reject the amendment submitted by Senator Bolton.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rise to order. Standing order 144 reads -

No amendment shall be proposed to any part of a Question after a later part has been amended.

My disagreement with your ruling, Mr. Temporary Chairman, in regard to the amendment I moved last week, should first be dealt with, otherwise, under the standing order I have quoted, it cannot be considered. This is the proper time to deal with the question of relevancy, and not after the amendment has been disposed of.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The proper time was before Senator Bolton had submitted his amendment, or immediately afterwards. I cannot allow the honorable senator to move an amendment to a portion of a clause which has -already been passed.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to move -

That the word " Fourteen " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word "Fifteen."'

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.There is an amendment before the Chair which must be dealt with before any other amendment can be taken.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Could I move that amendment, provided it is in order, after Senator Bolton's amendment has been dealt with ?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Not under the standing order. The honorable senator has lost his opportunity of moving that amendment, as the Committee has already decided that the words which he proposes to amend shall remain part, of the clause. The honorable senator will have an' opportunity,, if he so desires, of moving that the Bill he recommitted foT the reconsideration- of clause 8.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is the point on which I wish to challenge your ruling. Surely I am entitled- at this juncture, before any other amendments are moved, to submit my amendment.

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